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One of the most nagging questions we face is the problem of evil. Why is there evil in the world when there is a God? Many think that the existence of evil refutes the existence of God. Sometimes the problem of evil is presented to the Christian in the form of a complex question: “If God is good, then he will probably not be powerful enough to deal with all the evil and injustice in the world as it continues. If he is powerful enough to stop wrongdoing, then he must be an evil god himself because he will not do anything about it even though he can. So what is he? Is he a bad god or a not almighty god? "
Even the authors of the Bible complained of suffering and evil. "For sufferings without number have surrounded me" (Psalm 40:13). “Why was my pain eternal, has my wound become incurable and does not want to heal? «(Jeremiah 15:18). "For we know that to this day all creation is groaning and in labor pangs" (Romans 8:22). So we willingly admit that evil is a problem, and we also admit that if God had created the world as it is today, then He would not be a God of love, but rather an evil God.
But the Bible makes it clear that God did not create the world in the state it is in today, but that evil came as a result of man's selfishness. The Bible says that God is a God of love and that he desired to create a person, and eventually a race, that should love him. But real love cannot exist unless it is freely given, by choice and free will, and so man has been given the choice of accepting God's love or rejecting it. This choice made the possibility of evil real. God is not evil, nor did he create evil. Man brought evil upon himself by selfishly choosing his own way separate from God's way.
Because of the Fall, the world is abnormal now. Things are not what they should be. As a result of the fall, man has been separated from God. Nature is not always kind to humans, and wildlife can also be its enemy. There is a quarrel between man and his fellow man. Neither of these conditions existed before the Fall. Any possible solution to the problems humanity faces must take into account that the world, in its state today, is not normal.
If evil is real today, it is temporary. Evil will be destroyed in the end. That is the hope that the believer has. A new world will come in which there will be no more tears and no more suffering because all things will be made new (Revelation 21: 5). Paradise lost will be regained. God will correct everything wrong in his time and remove all evil once and for all.
Christians have a justification to fight against evil, immorality and depravity. The world was not designed with a place for evil, and the believer has a real basis for fighting social disease. He doesn't believe that everything that is is right. The Christian does not excuse wrongdoing by saying it is God's world, nor does he assume that everything that happens is approved by God. God does not wish for evil, nor does He ever excuse it. He hates evil, and Christians should not only abhor evil, but also have an obligation to do something about it. If sin is real, the believer does not accept it as the way things should be. In identifying with Jesus, the believer has a duty to name things that are bad and to point out when evil overpowers good.
The Christian does not fight God when fighting social problems. Natural disasters, crimes, and mental illness should not be the accepted order of things because they were never planned to be and because they will not be in God's future kingdom.
But some people are still confused that God even allows evil. They ask if it was wise of him to give man a choice. Dorothy Sayers put the problem of evil into perspective:
“For whatever reason God chose to make man as he is - limited and suffering, subject to grief and death - he had the honesty and courage to swallow his own medicine. Whatever game he played with his creation, he kept his own rules and played fairly. He cannot demand anything from people that he has not demanded of himself. He himself has gone through the whole of human experience, from the everyday annoyances of family life and the cramped limitations of hard work and lack of money, to the worst horrors of pain and humiliation, defeat, despair and death. When he was human, he played human. He was born in poverty and died in dishonor and thought it was worth it ”(Dorothy Sayers, Creed or Chaos? New York: Harcourt, Brace and Col, 1949, p. 4).
The Bible tells us that God's purposes are sometimes beyond our understanding. "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not my ways, says the Lord, but as the heaven is high above the earth, my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts are higher than your thoughts" (Isaiah 55.8-9). Paul wrote in a similar way to the Church in Rome: “O depth of the riches, the wisdom and the knowledge of God! How unfathomable are his decisions, how inexplicable are his ways ”(Romans 11:33).
Although the Bible tells us how and why evil arose, it does not tell us why God made it happen. However, we know that God is all-wise and all-knowing, and that He has reasons for making things happen that are far beyond our understanding.
From “I can't believe that! Answers to Skeptical Questions ”by Josh McDowell. Christian Literature Distribution (CLV), 33661 Bielefeld. Published here with the kind permission of the publisher.
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